Things aren’t looking good for Randy Orton, as now it seems the former WWE Champion will require neck surgery after healing from shoulder surgery, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Orton, who was already set to miss 4-6 months of action, will now have an additional 3-6 months. The original timeline saw the “Apex Predator” returning around WrestleMania 32, which takes place at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on April 3. At the earliest, Orton will be set to return around WWE Battleground. At worst, fans will see the return of Orton around Hell in a Cell in November.
According to the WON, doctors will not repair his neck until after they’re confident in his recovery from shoulder surgery, meaning he won’t be able to recover from both at the same time. The surgery is set to remove bone chips in his neck.
The news of Orton’s elongated recovery comes just a few days after the WWE universe lost Cesaro to a similar shoulder injury, and weeks after former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins was forced to go under the knife to repair a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus. Rollins is out 6-9 months.
A 12-time world champion, Orton is recognized as the first ever WWE World Heavyweight champion — a title that came to life after the company unified the WWE Championship with the World Heavyweight Championship.
He has been forced to take time off several times in the past for similar injuries to his shoulder — the first of which took place approximately 12 years ago.